Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some light spices (which may include some pepper and some anis). Taste is quite sweet probably from the candi sugar with some spices. Hops are clearly quite subtle and even the yeast is subdued (I would have preferred if it could have brought more character to this beer. Body is above average but could be a bit more full. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good Belgian ale and probably one of the finest product from this brewer.
06-16-2006 16:04:33 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Brought Prima Melior back from Belgium in 2004. This corked 750ml bottle has been aged upright in my cellar for 1 year and 9 months. Not sure if I should have aged it for that long...but let's taste and see.
The Floreffe beers are genuine Belgian Abbey Beers brewed FOR the monks at Floreffe Abbey BY Brewery Lefebvre. The website had this to say about the Prima Melior: "Prima Melior was the Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the Abbot and his guests." Cool.
The labelling is a rich dark blue showing a picture of the Abbey. Neck label shows the same. Served at cellar temperature in a chalice. The beer is a lovely deep chestnut hue, opaque and very full. Hints of ruby red and even dark orange around the edges at times. The head is thin and light brown, with excellent small bublles and good consistency despite being cellared for nearly two years. Solid lacing too. A great looking Belgian brown. The aroma is big on the yeast and spices, but the malting is there too and it really shows off big notes of flax seed, mulitgrain bread and dusty barley. The anise and coriander add a medicinal aroma that smells like a herbalists shop, or even some cough medicine, but it's never off-putting. I think the yeastiness may be a little over-pronounced from my aging the beer though. The aroma is actually quite the fickle fish though--this is a really unique smelling brew, for as it warms the medicinal herbaceous characteristics increase and mix with the alcohol to create a wonderfully complex set of aromas: I get quite pronounced hits of wild mint at times, horehound, peppermint, tree sap, light black licorice, fresh cut green grass, all sorts of indescribable flowery notes, and brown sugar. Plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg to be had too. The hops are undetectable but the malting is grainy and vinous. Wonderfully complex, the aroma kept me coming back for more. The first tastes are very yeasty, and dusty. The alcohol is there, almost sparkling wine-like. Grainy malts dominate, and the taste is sweet, with very little bitterness. Not quite as complex as the aroma. The spices are also in the mouth, mainly at the front. Black licorice, brown sugar, and woody tastes. Crisp carbonation and a medium-full body. This goes down extremely easy, as the alcohol is extremely well hidden. I paired this with single cream Canadian brie, havarti, and blue cheese. The brie was good but was overpowered, the havarti too, but the salty tang of the blue cheese was complemented exceptionally by the beer's sweet taste. Try it. A lovely quirky brown Belgian. I cannot say if the aging helped or hindered, because I only had one bottle and didn't try the beer un-aged. Still, it aged exceptionally quality-wise. I would definitely recommend this. Glad I carted it back from Brussels.
06-07-2006 11:04:52 | More by Cwrw
4.6/5 rDev +23.7%
Presentation: 0.75 liter brown glass semi-custom bottle with cork/cage, mostly blue label
Appearance: very dark brown, light brown head, good lacing
Smell: excellent, raisins, plums, coffee, herbs, sweet malt
Taste: excellent, full body, great mouthfeel, sweet malt, a lot of it, fruity at the same time (black grape), you can feel alcohol also
Notes: VERY TASTY, good stuff
08-27-2005 03:35:40 | More by BeerBeing
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
750ml bottle, with a best-before date of April 2004, a year ago. I've had it in my fridge for a couple years.
Appearance: Dark ruby-brown, with a quarter-inch of off-white foam atop the beer.
Aroma: Highly fruity (plums, raisins, with a little vanilla).
Taste: Sweet, fairly malty, with an odd licorice flavor. Some pleasant spicy & peppery notes in the middle. Quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness as well.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body, a little watery.
A decent dark Belgian, but not a lot stands out here. I know I've had this before because the label is in my Belgian label photo album, but I don't remember what it was like then.
03-10-2005 03:14:46 | More by allengarvin
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours out perfectly and has a nice yellow head, that's huge stays quiet long though bubbels get bigger and bigger. Goes then quickly leaving laces behind and rests stay all drink long. Color is black with redbrown shine in light.
Smell is candysugar, caramelic and sweet. Further malty and fresh. Taste is caramel, sweet, malty and going then into a bitterness with litle roasttaste and caramel again.
Mouthfeel is full with sweet, bitter, sourness of the roast and carbon dioxide. Like the brew and can recomend it!
02-10-2005 18:03:49 | More by paterlodie
4.45/5 rDev +19.6%
Found in a Moscow supermarket, this brew comes in a 750ml brown bottle with cork and cage. The label is white, gold and blue, with a nice drawing of an abbey. Ingredients include cane sugar and spices. Best before 6/18/06, I couldn't wait longer than 12/19/04.
Pours an opaque deep burgundy hue under a 1.5 finger tan head that lacks body but makes up for it with staying power. A couple of wisps of lace cling to the glass, but most of the head just sinks down the glass as the liquid is consumed. Sweet fruit and spice nose, with grape prominent but a touch of perhaps coriander lurking in the background. Well carbonated and slightly sticky mouth coats the tongue nicely. Nice smooth taste, opening with more grape to go with the chewy malt. A raft of spices floats along the surface, tough to pinpoint but adding luxury to the experience. There is also that signature Francophone sweetness in the hops, which leave no bitter impression at all but announce an unmissable presence in the finish. The aftertaste is a refreshing combination of grape and bread. This is good stuff.
12-19-2004 19:20:52 | More by Globetrotter
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
The colour is a full black, with abeautiful stout-like foam.
Smell of anise, plum, cane sugar. Maybe a little too alcoholic. Some velvet sweetness in the background, like vanilla or creme-caramel, but also some burned-toasted hints.
At the taste is malt, toffe, and toasted. And then again anise, plum, and black grape.
In the aftertaste, dark malt, plum and grape. At the end, it is cleraly perceptible the alcoholic again.
05-11-2004 19:25:58 | More by stcules
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
Dark brown, but I'll gladly admit the unclear Floreffe glass doesn't easy the task of evaluating its appearance. Head is just fine, off-white, medium-lasting, well-laced. The aroma is great. Very yeasty and heavily malty sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Also considerable fruitiness among which stood out plums and apples. The taste displays a medium complexity with plenty of fruits like peaches, pears, apples, orange. Well spiced too with its restrained hints at cloves, cinammon and vanilla. Light to medium bodied though, rather carbonated. On the sweet end of belgian ales, but very balanced (despite alcohol being well noticeable) and pleasant to drink. Most definitely my favorite Floreffe.
02-07-2004 05:54:25 | More by Rastacouere
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
A dark brown pour with a very lively, medium head. The nose was subtle but was highlighted by bubblegum and dark raisin. The taste was also subtle in that the sweetness was not overpowering but more toned down and pleasant. Bubblegum sweetness and a light raisin/grape quality. The finish was semi-dry but only lingered a short while. The mouthfeel was very lively and and full....but not heavy. Plenty of active carbonation. A decent winter warmer.
01-17-2004 17:35:23 | More by Popsinc
United Kingdom (England)
4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
750ml bottle, use by date September 2001, so its an old bottle, the girl at Bottles in London gave it too me for £2, down from the normal £5, because it was past its use by date. Beautifull dark brown, slightly hazy appearance, with a beautiful white head, with fantastic lace. The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, some roastiness, herbs, raisins and port wine.
Wonderfully smooth, mouth covering stuff, lots of choc and vanilla, and that roasty and herbal notes i picked up in the aroma, are there to finish off, very long finish, with some lovely port wine qualities, nice aged character.
09-09-2003 00:23:44 | More by rastaman
2.75/5 rDev -26.1%
This beer was very dark and had a creamy head that lasted a long time.
Even though it was in a snifter, I got very little aroma. This beer was served way too cold so that might have impacted both the smell and the taste. I was expecting a complex beer and was sorely disappointed. The aroma was subpar. I got very little malt and none of the rich fruitiness I expected. The taste likewise was very average. It was very slightly sweet and had no complexity.
The mouthfeel was light and I could not get any warming from the alcohol.
This was the first beer of the evening and I was surprised that it did not show its stuff. Again maybe the beer was served real cold and it killed its personalilty, but I am not inclined to give it a second chance.
02-05-2003 19:27:27 | More by LarryKemp
Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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